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Grant to help Illinois teachers educate local community about the CCSS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 07, 2012 16:26 PM

In the states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), school officials will primarily be responsible for making sure students are learning according to the CCSS’ guidelines. In Quincy, Illinois, however, educators will not be the only ones expected to help students adhere to the Standards, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported.

In July, the Quincy Federation of Teachers received a $75,000 grant that will be used to educate people outside of academia about the CCSS, according to the news source. As a result, parents, as well as local businesses and institutions, will soon be hearing about the Standards and what they will mean for the quality of education in Quincy schools.

"This is the next phase in education," Trish Sullivan-Viniard, told the news outlet. "This really does feel like a critical moment. It feels like a tipping point in American education. And we're taking it very seriously."

The Quincy Journal reported that the grant came from the American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) Innovation Fund. Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, said the grants reveal how professionals are using solution-driven unionism at the local level to enhance the quality of education.